Color Psychology is the study if the effects of color on human behavior, thoughts, and moods. Color has always played an essential part in how people experience and see the world. Throughout history there have been connections made between color and music, personality, emotions, and medicine. The most frequently studied colors in color psychology are your neutrals and those found on a color wheel. Each color has its own set of meanings for both positive and negative expressions. In order to determine if color choices of past artist express the struggles of their lives at the time of their works creation, an examination into the lives and works of Georgia O’Keeffe and Andy Warhol was conducted. It was determined that both O’Keeffe and Warhol used colors in their art that correlated with the positive and negative events that took place within their lifetime. With these findings a more in-depth examination of past artist can be done to gain better understandings of their works and it can help people gain a deeper knowledge of color, while leading them to a better understanding of themselves.

Semester/Year of Award

Fall 2015


Gay Sweely

Mentor Professional Affiliation

Art and Design

Access Options

Restricted Access Thesis

Document Type

Bachelor Thesis

Degree Name

Honors Scholars

Degree Level



Art and Design